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Publisher's Summary

From the internationally best-selling author of Measuring the World and F, an eerie and supernatural tale of a writer's emotional collapse.
"It is fitting that I'm beginning a new notebook up here. New surroundings and new ideas, a new beginning. Fresh air."
This passage is from the first entry of a journal kept by the narrator of Daniel Kehlmann's spellbinding new novel. It is the record of the seven days that he, his wife, and his four-year-old daughter spend in a house they have rented in the mountains of Germany - a house that thwarts the expectations of the narrator's recollection and seems to defy the very laws of physics. He is eager to finish a screenplay for a sequel to the movie that launched his career, but something he cannot explain is undermining his convictions and confidence, a process he is recording in this account of the uncanny events that unfold as he tries to understand what, exactly, is happening around him - and within him.
©2017 Daniel Kehlmann (P)2017 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"A beautifully crafted exercise in terror from one of Germany's most celebrated contemporary authors.... This novel is, in many ways, a classic haunted-house tale. There are warnings about the house from the people in the village below. There's a creeping sense of horror. There are frightening phenomena that the narrator cannot explain. And there are specters. Kehlmann uses all these familiar tropes beautifully. But he also creates a sense of existential dread that transcends the typical ghost story.... A book to keep you up at night." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"My favorite German novelist. [Ian McEwan, The Sunday Times (London)]
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4 out of 5 stars
By RICK on 07-11-18

Like a good episode of the original Twilight Zone

An intriguing little confection. It’s going to be made into a movie which will be quite some trick given how little actually happens in the story. Much of it is so internalized but really spooky. It will stay with you long after you’ve read it (or listened) in this case.

Well performed but at times the translation from the original German becomes somewhat apparent.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M. Pennell on 06-11-18

Great book.

This is the first book I've listened to that was narrated by Robertson Dean. He did a great job. The story was a little hard to get a hold of at the beginning but within 15-20 minutes I got the hang of the writer's style. I look forward to watching the movie with Kevin Bacon in the future.

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